blessed is she ~ the hardest deepest love...

I wrote today's Blessed is She devotion all about sacrificial love.

“This is my commandment, love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”

Laying down your life for another is heavy stuff. Soldiers, police officers, and firemen do this every day. But they’re not the only ones who put their lives on the line. Mothers and wives follow this command despite knowing their actions are often unseen and unheralded.

My daughter Courtney was a special young woman. Starting at five weeks old, seizures attacked her everyday. She never spoke or walked. She lived in her wheelchair and couldn’t care for herself. So even though I had a toddler and a husband in the Navy, I did what needed to be done. Some days were good, but many sent me to my knees in exhaustion and fear. I spent night after night begging God to end this suffering.

Not knowing what each day would bring required a trust in the Lord that this stubborn Irish/German Mama fought. I wanted a normal life. I wanted to experience the world. But because my daughter’s daily care was so intensive, I barely left the house. For twenty-three years I was pretty much homebound.

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